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Comment Fast - good - cheap. Pick 2 (Score 1) 64

Every time a customer starts lamenting about cost and how everything has to be done right now and perfectly, I draw an equilateral triangle on a sheet of paper, label the corners accordingly (fast, cheap, good) and tell him to make a point at the spot where he puts his focus.

Most get the hint.

I forgot who said it, but it's true: Paying too much isn't very wise, but paying too little is a catastrophe. Paying too much means you lose a little money. Paying too little, though, means that you can lose it all. Because you'll always find someone who will make whatever you're asking for cheaper, but at the cost of quality and speed. Which can in the end mean that the product is not up to your requirements, rendering the whole item you bought useless and all the money spent on it wasted.

I'd rather pay too much than too little.

Comment Re:Yeah, nah. (Score 1) 293

Pre-paid is done when you use the pump directly. They will take an amount in authorization (125EUR), you tank, the amount in authorization is placed back and payment is done.
Manned service or pumping normally will mean that you pump, go inside and pay there. At some places you need to signal the person inside so he activates the pump.

I have never went inside to put an authorization on my card or pay upfront. Not saying it doesn't exist anywhere, just that I have never seen it in 25+ years of having a drivers license, so it is not a standard.

Comment Re: suure (Score 1) 283

That IS the game breaker. Literally so.

Take a look around why people have PCs in their home today. Some will do some work, yes, but in the end, gaming is a huge issue. Most people at least use their PC partly as a gaming machine, and this means that they will use an OS that provides them with the ability to do both, work AND play.

If you cannot provide this, people will switch back to Windows.

Comment Re:Not exactly an easy question (Score 1) 368

Documentation means less than a thorough collection of how-tos that are also updated to stay current with the progress of the distribution itself. Most of the time, the matter at hand is "I want to do X", and for that the user needs a solution, and he needs it now. Not after digging through a heap of docs, half of which deal with a version two generations past.

Comment Re:No money for you, dissident! (Score 1) 74

True, but citing porn as an example is maybe the worst example you could field.

Google has any obligation to host anything, no doubt about that. The question is, though, where this will lead to. It won't affect Jihadists. That's for sure. They'll simply create new accounts, inform their fellows about it and continue to spread their bullshit. It's like spam, you can't stop that by shutting down the mail account that spams you.

The much bigger effect will be on channels that offer controversial opinions. How about those that debunk charlatans, snake-oil peddlers, religious nuts or others trying to bring their version of "the truth" to the people? Today, what we have is some people posting their, let's say incredibly well researched, conspiracies about chemtrails, the illuminati and other secret societies, flat earths and various other things, and you will of course get those that debunk them. That is, essentially, what an argument is like. One presents his theories, the other one refutes them and presents his, followed, hopefully, by another answer to it and so on.

If this "hate speech must be banned" trend catches on, you will find both sides increasingly locked into attempts to silence the other side by disabling them from actually monetizing so they essentially have to stop. Yes, that means we get to hear a lot less bullshit on YouTube, but at the same time it also means way less diversity. What we will eventually get is what we already have in various other media and social platforms: One side of the argument is forced one way or another to leave, turning the whole thing essentially into a huge echo chamber for one sided reinforcement.

I wouldn't want this to happen on YouTube, too.

Comment Re:Sucked out of an airplane? Not likely (Score 3, Interesting) 174

So please explain how a pilot fell out of the window of the cockpit after it broke
The window is not underneath him

While extremely entertaining, Mythbusters are pretty bad in using Google and I would never use them as an example of why things are not possible, only to say if they are possible. (Bit like a ping doesn't say much when you don't get anything back)

Comment Re:You don't want this to succed (Score 1) 283

The difference and this is essential, is that Windows10 was forced, while installing Linux or anything else won't be forced.
There was no "no thanks, please never ask me again" option with the update.
Bit like if you push down the gas pedal and have an accident or your car pushes down you gas pedal and has an accident.

Comment Re:You don't want this to succed (Score 1) 283

Leaving aside the fact it's rarely the case you can just sign away liability..

The GPL only applies if you decide to accept its conditions. Just installing Ubuntu doesn't mean you've agreed to the GPL and, as such, Canonical has anything to point at if your Nuclear Reactor has a meltdown because a bug in Unity swapped the "Drop fuel rods/Raise fuel rods" buttons by accident.

Sure, you might give up your right to sue if you subsequently redistribute Ubuntu to others. But even then... like I said, it's rare you can just sign away liability.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 283

Scrollwheels used to work fine. Then some idiots at Canonical and GNOME decided to redesign the scrollbar, on the grounds we don't need it any more because we have scrollwheels, despite the fact that, actually, no, quite often we don't, and in the course of effing up the scrollbar they managed to eff up the mousewheel at the same time.

I still don't know why they didn't just revert to how things were. They fixed a problem that doesn't exist, and appear to be too stubborn to admit they made a mistake.

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